Winter 2012 News

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The CPO’s August Symphony Season

jbellThe internationally acclaimed violin virtuoso Joshua Bell’s performance is the highlight of the second semester. Joshua Bell will perform Brahms’s Violin Concerto on the 2 September in the Artscape Opera House. Other works include Rossini’s exciting La gazzaladra Overture and Beethoven’s famous “Eroica” Symphony.

The season starts on 9 August in the City Hall with South African clarinettist Maria du Toit who is a soloist in Debussy’s Rhasody for Clarinet and Orchestra. Du Toit will also perform a Concert Solo for Clarinet by Messager. The award winning conductor Arjan Tien will be on the podium.

Two pianists of great repute, Antonio Pumpa-Baldi and Charl du Plessis make their debut with the Cape Philharmonic this season. The multi award winning Italian pianist Antonio Pumpa-Baldi is a soloist in Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor on Thursday, 16 August. The young South African pianist Charl du Plessis is a soloist in his own composition Re-invention Suite No. 1 on Thursday, 23 August. Theodore Kuchar will once again be on the podium.



Masidlale Music Project Expands To Atlantis

masdlaleMasidlale Music Project, a CPO’s outreach and education programme will be launched in Atlantis next month. Founded in 2009, the Masidlale project provides violin training to children using the Suzuki method. Over 100 township children from three schools in Nyanga, Gugulethu and Langa benefit from the project.
The teachers at the three Masidlale satellites consist of Noluvuyo Nteta, Siyathemba Nteta and Tembisa Ntshongontshi who are also members of the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. The Manager of the project is Maria Botha.

atlantisAs it takes 15 years to reach professional status, it became clear that music training had to be implemented at grassroots level to reach optimum results.



Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra At Fashion Week

mercIn a twist of drama and flair, Stefania Morland’s Spring/Summer 2012 Collection at the inaugural Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town will be unveiled to the explosive sounds of the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (CPYO). Combining beautiful fashion with beautiful sounds, the show vows to be a theatrical affair set to rouse the senses.

Incepted in 2004 and headed by conductor Brandon Phillips, the CPYO is composed of 60 predominantly previously-disadvantaged youths. Forming part of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra’s (CPO) Outreach and Education programme, the members of the CPYO are mentored through regular workshops and one-on-one tuition by members of the main orchestra. The Youth Orchestra also regularly performs the curtain raiser at CPO Symphony Concerts.

Brandon Phillips who is CPO’s Principal bassoonist, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Youth Orchestra will be on the podium.

The CPYO will also perform at the Concert to Heal on 5 August in the Artscape Opera House at 5pm. They will share the stage with Heavenly Quartez, Sibongile Mngoma, Ivan Legelaar, poet Malika Ndlovu and other singing stars.

For more CPO education and outreach programmes visit:

Premier Helen Zille Congratulates Youth Quartet








Second Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition

mercNine aspiring conductors were selected from sixteen participants at the end of the first round of master classes that formed part of the completion. They are Russell Scott, Xavier Cloete, Liam Burden, Johan Grobler, Etienne Mecloen, Wesley Lewis, Chad Hendricks, Dane Coetzee and Charl van der Merwe. They will take part in the second round of master classes in October, which will again be led by the internationally renowned conductor Professor Victor Yampolsky.

lvzylThe participants expressed their appreciation to Len van Zyl and the CPO for creating a platform that helps them hone their conducting skills.

Charl van der Merwe says:

“I would like to thank the CPO for granting me the opportunity to participate in this most prestigious competition…

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CPO Alive and well in Cape Town – But For How Long?

Traditionally orchestras worldwide receive major income from the city, the provincial government and the national arts and culture departments. A world-renowned symphony orchestra is a jewel in the crown and a flagship export product of a city. Every reputable metropolis hosts and supports a major orchestra, for instance Chicago, Philadelphia, Berlin, Vienna, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Prague, Moscow, Bratislava, Budapest, Hamburg, Munich, etc. Is this true for Cape Town?

Why not in Cape Town?

The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra should be a celebrated and revered institution which epitomises the symphonic sound of South Africa, but finds itself in severe distress as public funders, who in general shun the art form, are not coming to the table. In order for the unique symphonic art to survive, private benefactors, donors, patrons, investors, local business and devoted audience members will have to come to the fore to save the orchestra.

Whilst we have dedicated audiences frequenting the concerts, it is time that the audience be alerted to the fact that should they wish for concerts to continue, we all shall have to take a stand by speaking out and, most of all, helping to carry the financial burden of the orchestra, thus enabling it to carry out the mandate of performing with excellence to a discerning audience.

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Our CD Release and Downloads

neworch_cd_coversThe CPO has also released a double CD of short orchestral masterpieces on the DUX label. The conductor on this CD is Owain Arwel Hughes. The Allan Stephenson CD with the Cape Philharmonic conducted by him consists of his compositions, Burlesque for Double Bass and Small Orchestra (1974), Concerto for Double Bass and Small Orchestra (2005) and Concerto for Cello and Full Orchestra (2004). The soloists are Leon Bosch (Double Bass) and Peter Martens (Cello).

alex_cd_coversOn this new CD with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Perry So, Alexander recorded the concertos of S. Barber and E. W. Korngold, the Carmen Fantasie by F. Waxman and the Theme from Steven Spielberg´s Movie “Schindlers List” by J. Williams.This CD was released on OEHMS Classics label and was recently nominated as the Classical CD of the week in the Financial Times Germany.
To order any of our CD’s, please call +27 21 410 9809

The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra’s Schnittke recordings on the BIS label can now be purchase by visiting eclassical website.

You can click on the link and find the CPO’s music by clicking on orchestras.

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